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New parking deck/garage to accompany proposed performing arts center in Ridgewood?

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the staff of The Ridgewood Blog

Ridgewood NJ, with talks of a new performing arts center heating up, our staff predicts that talks of building an additional multi-million dollar parking deck/garage can’t be too far behind.

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Hudson Street Parking Garage Free Parking on Saturdays

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Ridgewood NJ, come to shop and dine in Ridgewood, and enjoy free Holiday Parking on December 10th, 17th, and 24th at the Hudson Street Garage (corner of Prospect Street and Broad Street), on the 2nd and 3rd floors only.  Maximum of 4 hours.

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Football under the lights at the new Hudson Street Athletic Field in Ridgewood ?

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Ridgewood NJ, several Ridgewood police cars were observed rushing into the Hudson Street Parking Garage shortly before 10 PM on Wednesday night, and heading up the ramps to the top floor.  Bystanders looking on from the sidewalk in front of Mt. Carmel wondered if there was a serious crime in progress, or worse yet, a distraught person threatening a jump from somewhere on the top floor.

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Ridgewood Hudson Garage Could a commercial kitchens, fitness centers or transportation hub be in its Future

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Ridgewood NJ, imagine if the village had looked to the future, not the distant past. CBD garage critics brought up these very trends and were ignored. Now, we have a huge money losing parking garage we’ll likely never fill. A garage that loses nearly $1,000,000 a year in the best of times and who knows how much now.

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No protective fencing for Hudson Street Parking Garage

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Ridgewood NJ, Citing their need to preserve the appearance and structural integrity of a “magnificently beautiful structure,” Village Council members have opted not to install protective fencing of any kind at the Hudson Street Parking Garage.

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Hudson Street Parking Garage Structural Integrity?

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Ridgewood NJ, It is being rumored that when the Ridgewood Streets Department used heavy equipment to remove snow from the roof of the Hudson Street Parking garage earlier this winter, the entire garage started to sway and rumble. Future plans call for the removal of snow on the roof deck using a snow blower, if necessary.

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Former Ridgewood Mayor and Current Bergen County Commissioner Ramon Hache Joins DMR Architects

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Hasbrouck Heights NJ, Ramon M. Hache, Sr., current Bergen County Board of Commissioners Member and former Mayor of Ridgewood has joined DMR Architects’ growing business development practice area.  Gabe Bailer, PP, AICP joined DMR’s planning department and Joelle Nasr joined its interior design team.

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FREE PARKING IN RIDGEWOOD PARKING LOTS AND HUDSON STREET GARAGE ON DECEMBER 5th, 12th, and 19th

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council has approved free parking, with a 3-hour limit, in all parking lots in the Central Business District and in the Hudson Street Garage, on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas, December 5th, 12th, and 19th.  Please be aware that the parking area at the intersection of Broad Street and East Ridgewood Avenue (where the Christmas tree is located) and the parking area on the west side, with the entrance by MacMurphy’s Restaurant, are not considered parking lots, and you must pay to park in these locations.  The main parking lot at the train station (with the majority of the parking spaces), going into the parking lot from the traffic light and turning left, is free parking.  In addition, if you park on the streets, you must pay to park.

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The Hudson Street Parking Garage is Now Officially Open on all Levels

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Ridgewood NJ, The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Hudson Street garage took place on November 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hudson/Broad Entrance to the Hudson Street garage.

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REOPENING DOWNTOWN RIDGEWOOD

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Ridgewood NJ, Village of Ridgewood Mayor Ramon M Hache , “During last night’s Village Council meeting, I provided some details regarding the planning underway for the reopening of our downtown. While the reopening of businesses in NJ will be gradual, and we still do not have set dates and guidance from the Governor, it is safe to expect that there will be restrictions regarding the number of customers allowed at each business. That means businesses will not be able to fully utilize the interior square footage of their locations. Together with all the Village department heads, the Chamber of Commerce, the Ridgewood Guild, commercial landlords, retailers and restauranteurs, we are working on a reopening plan. That plan will, first and foremost, aim to ensure the safety of our residents and patrons while helping our businesses to have the necessary tools to thrive. With the understanding that the downtown that will reopen will be very different from the one that closed in March, we have to embrace some outside-the-box ideas that probably could have never been considered previously. For example, closing a significant portion of our downtown to vehicles, thereby creating an outdoor pedestrian mall on Saturdays and Sundays. It is the best way to ensure proper social distancing while allowing businesses to make up for the lost indoor square footage. While we encourage residents to walk to the downtown if possible, patrons will still be able to park on some streets as well as Walnut Street Lot, Bus Station Lot, Cottage Place Lot and the soon to open Hudson Street Parking Garage. As you can imagine, this will require a lot of coordination between NJ Transit, Ridgewood Police, Signal Department, commercial landlords, businesses, volunteers and most importantly you the public. We will continue to provide more information. In the meantime, if you have any feedback or suggestions, please email them to: reopen@ridgewoodnj.net.”

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Mayor Contradicks Ridgewood News ,”Parking Rate Hike” Story

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood ran a story titled “Ridgewood Council considers parking rate hikes to finance garage, as plans get a face-lift” , in the article the News claimed that , ” As plans for the Hudson Street parking garage received a face-lift, the village is considering additional parking rate increases in the downtown to finance its construction and operation ”

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VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD VILLAGE COUNCIL SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING AND PUBLIC WORKSHOP AGENDA SEPTEMBER 5th

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Village Council Special Public Meeting
VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD
VILLAGE COUNCIL SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018
7:30 P.M.

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The Village Council Moves Forward on Bond Ordinance for Hudson Street Parking Garage in Ridgewood

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July 1,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the new Village council move quickly on a $12,000,000 financing for the Hudson Street garage.

3650 – Bond Ordinance – Hudson Street Parking Garage
($12 million)- Appropriates this money for the design, management, construction, furnishing and equipping of the Hudson Street parking garage
3651 – 2018 NJDOT Grant – Hillcrest Road Capital Ordinance – Appropriates $215,000.00 for the Hillcrest Road Streetscape project, which will be reimbursed through a $215,000.00 grant from the NJ Department of Transportation
3652 – 2018 NJDOT Grant – North Pleasant Avenue Capital Ordinance – Appropriates $165,627.00 for the North Pleasant Avenue Streetscape project, which will be reimbursed through a $165,627.00 grant from the NJ Department of Transportation

24. RESOLUTIONS

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS, NUMBERED 18-196 THROUGH 18-210 ARE TO BE ADOPTED BY A CONSENT AGENDA, WITH ONE VOTE BY THE VILLAGE COUNCIL. THERE IS A BRIEF DESCRIPTION BESIDE EACH RESOLUTION TO BE CONSIDERED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. EACH RESOLUTION WILL BE READ BY TITLE ONLY:

18-196 Appoint Village Attorney (NTE $275,000) – Appoints Matthew Rogers as the Village Attorney under a no bid contract from for a term of 7/1/18-6/30/19. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.
18-197 Appoint Village Bond Attorney (NTE $60,000) – Appoints McManimon, Scotland, and Baumann, L.L.C., 75 Livingston Avenue, 2nd Floor, Roseland, NJ as the Village Bond Attorney from 7/1/18-6/30/19 under a no-bid contract. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.
18-198 Appoint Village Professional Planner (NTE $60,000) – Appoints Brigette Bogart or Brigette Bogart, Planning and Design Professionals, LLC, 648 Godwin Avenue, Suite 2, Midland Park, NJ as the Village Professional Planner from 7/1/18 – 6/30/19, under a no-bid contract. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.
18-199 Appoint Professional Planning Consultant for Declaratory Judgment Litigation – Affordable Housing and Related Matters (NTE $65,000) – Appoints Elizabeth McManus, LEED, AP, PP, AICP and Clark, Caton and Hintz, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ as the Village Professional Planning Consultant from 7/1/18 through 6/30/19, under a no-bid contract. The required Pay to Play forms have been filed.

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Council members Look to delay Parking Meter Rate Increases until after the 2020 Ridgewood council election takes place

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June 8,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, It is being suggested that members of the Village Council whose terms will expire in 2020, and who will likely choose to run for reelection, are favoring a parking garage funding proposal that would defer payment of bond/loan principal for at least one (1) year, and perhaps as many as four (4) years, after the garage opens. This would enable any increase in parking meter rates, and/or an extension of effective parking meter times/days of week, to be delayed until after the 2020 election takes place. Of course, any deferred payment of bond/loan principal would mean an increase in the total interest payment on the bonds/loan.

Alternately, it could be the desire of all members of the Village Council to preclude taxpayers from “connecting the dots.” That is, to prevent taxpayers from realizing that Parking Utility revenues previously allocated to the VIllage’s General Fund (used to provide for routine municipal services – sanitation, police, fire, streets, etc.) would be earmarked instead to fund debt service payments for the parking garage. This would undoubtedly result in property tax increases to retain existing municipal service levels, or suffer service level cuts. Deferring payment of the bond/loan principal would push any such tax increases or cuts in municipal service levels out well beyond the garage’s opening. In short, many taxpayers would be unlikely to “connect the dots” at that point, and not realize that increased meter rates and/or extensions of effective parking meter times/days of week were not sufficient enough to entirely fund the parking garage.

Why does it always seem to be all about them and not about those who elected them to serve?